Some people protested yesterday, 10th February, after Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya said that mourners at the burial of former President Daniel arap Moi at Kabarak will be only served with soda and bread.
A good number asked why the people attending the final ceremony of such a prominent man, who has been described as generous, would only be given “cheap” food.
Barely a day before the state funeral, those who had become disgruntled, can now smile after the government announced that a new diet would be served.
Natembeya said that 50 bulls had been slaughtered for the more than 30,000 people expected to attend the funeral.
Speaking in Nakuru Town, the government official revealed that cooking had began and everything would be ready by early tomorrow.
It was also disclosed that the food would be packed in small containers but enough to satisfy an individual.
Nancy Amunga, a senior chef at Kabarak University, confirmed that the catering department and other caterers were preparing the meals for tomorrow.
“It is more of celebrating than mourning Mzee. We have so much food for the public, who will attend this burial. We expect over 30,000 people and we will be having over 30 food-serving points,” Amunga said.
National Youth Service members have been tasked to serve the mourners with food.
Today, thousands of Kenyans and foreign dignitaries thronged the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi for a memorial service for the longest-serving President of Kenya.
The event was also attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and seven other Heads of State from across the continent, including long-serving Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Mzee Moi, who ruled for 24 years, was eulogised as a man who loved his country and dedicated a lot of his time to serving the people.
Tomorrow, 12th February, marks Moi’s final journey, with his burial at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County.